Vintage nickel-plated Sandows chair in wonderful all original condition. The chair is designed in the 1930s, this chair made circa 1950.
René Herbst is considered one of the first designers in France to use tubular steel for furniture construction. The seat and back sections are made of elastic rubber stretcher belts (sandow in French) which were known from expanders. Herbst was accordingly one of the first to introduce the motif of the objet trouvé into furniture design. The belts are hooked onto the frame of the chair, a type of connection that is also reminiscent of an expander. The chair’s transparency and adaptability to body contours predates fifties design methods. The visible structural work and the purity of the lines are essential elements in the timeless designs of René Herbst. Literature: Solange Goguel, RENE HERBST, Paris, 1990, p. 274. Alexander von Vegesack et al., eds., 100 MASTERPIECES FROM THE VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM, exh. cat., Weil am Rhein, 1996, cat. no. 40. Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., 1000 CHAIRS, Cologne, 1997, p. 208.